verb (used with object), cod·dled, cod·dling.
  1. to treat tenderly; nurse or tend indulgently; pamper: to coddle children when they're sick.
  2. to cook (eggs, fruit, etc.) in water that is just below the boiling point; cook gently.

Origin of coddle

1590–1600; variant of caudle, v. use of caudle
Related formscod·dler, nounun·cod·dled, adjective

Synonyms for coddle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for coddler

Historical Examples of coddler

  • "It is a holiday, today," said Mr. Coddler; and a holiday it seemed to be.


    William Makepeace Thackeray

British Dictionary definitions for coddler


verb (tr)
  1. to treat with indulgence
  2. to cook (something, esp eggs) in water just below the boiling point
  1. Irish dialect stew made from ham and bacon scraps
Derived Formscoddler, noun

Word Origin for coddle

C16: of obscure origin; perhaps related to caudle
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Word Origin and History for coddler



c.1600, "boil gently," probably from caudle "warm drink for invalids" (c.1300), from Anglo-French caudel (c.1300), ultimately from Latin calidium "warm drink, warm wine and water," neuter of calidus "hot," from calere "be warm" (see calorie). Verb meaning "treat tenderly" first recorded 1815 (in Jane Austen's "Emma"). Related: Coddled; coddling.

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